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Nothing Is Forever in Publishing

Everything changes, even the unchanging sky (you just have to wait many years for astronomical events to occur).
But in retailing, in publishing, already in the midst of an upheaval brought about by new technologies, that great disrupter Amazon might also be disrupted at some point.
That’s the thinking of Suw Charman-Anderson, who observed in an article [...]

When Critics Notice Self-Published Authors, the Revolution Has Been Won

A major book event occurred in today’s New York Times, when that paper’s leading book critic, Michiko Kakutani, reviewed a self-published book.
She praised the book, The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall, and called attention to its being self-published. This might not open the floodgates to reviewers (what’s left of them) to consider other self-published [...]

When Doing It Yourself Is Better than Letting a Publisher Do It For You

A traditional publisher has seen the rise of self-publishing (or the threat of it) and decided to jump in, sort of. Simon & Schuster has begun a self-publishing arm called Archway Publishing.
The difference is that it’s asking a lot of money of potential authors to “self-publish” their books, with the typical traditional-publishing reasoning that by [...]

Striking Back at Amazon – Good or Bad?

Bookstores are striking back against Amazon’s publishing inroads. For example, many won’t be carrying The 4-Hour Chef, the new book by bestselling author Timothy Ferriss, since it’s being published by Amazon.
This is to be expected – Amazon is the enemy for bookstores, since it is so powerful, able to undercut the price that bookstores charge, [...]

Authors Innovate, Publishers Lumber Along

Barnes & Noble is trying to make inroads in the British market with its Nook e-reader. Although the chain doesn’t have a significant brick-and-mortar presence there, it sees the future of book-buying and that involves e-books. That’s a good thing.
I’m still surprised that it’s taken so long for traditional publishers to embrace e-books in all [...]

The Newsweekly Fades

Another print icon will disappear.
Newsweek, the 80-year-old magazine, will stop publishing a print edition at the end of the year, but continue with online versions.
When was the last time you picked up a physical copy of Newsweek? Or Time? Or any number of other newsweeklies?
Probably been a while, and maybe not since your last visit [...]

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